The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has given a 21-day ultimatum to all individuals or groups who have put up illegal structures on the National Orthopedic Centre and Mental Hospital Lands to remove them with immediate effect.
A statement signed by the Chief Director at the Ministry, Patrick Agesinyale, stated that the attention of the Ministry has been drawn to the fact that there are ongoing encroachments on the National Orthopedic Centre Site at Pantang with Similar encroachment on the Regional Mental Hospital site, also at Pantang in the Greater Accra Region.
“For the avoidance of doubt, such individuals or group of persons should with immediate effect note that the stated land is a government land acquired for the purposes of Mental Hospital and National Orthopedic Center and that any encroachment or trespass on such lands shall not be tolerated and or permitted.”
The statement further cautioned, “Failure to comply with this directive will compel government through the Lands Commission to initiated action against you in accordance with section 236 of the lands Act, 2020 (Act 1036).”
“The Ministry also seizes this opportunity to advise all and sundry who have encroached on public lands to desist from such practice and advise themselves before the law catches up with them.”
The statement reminded the public that article 257(1) of the Constitution of the Republic states, “All public lands in Ghana shall be vested in the President on behalf of, and in trust for, the people of Ghana of which the Lands Commission has therefore been mandated to manage all such public lands.”
By: Felix Cofie.